This new text provides a fresh and holistic look at the continued relevance of block play to today's children. Students of early childhood education will benefit from the current research, theory, strategies and examples of block play and related topics that are the main focus of this text. A complete history of block play in early childhood education leads the student to current research on brain development. The text links block play to learning by exploring brain-based research and constructivist theories of learning. The role of the early childhood teacher is fully explored, including organizing the classroom, providing blocks and other materials, and documenting the children's learning.